NIA | | Posted by Yamini CS
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah met former Chief Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Deve Gowda at the airport here on Sunday.
This was the first public meeting of both leaders after Deve Gowda’s JD(S) joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) last month.
Soon after this development, Karnataka minister and Congress leader Priyank Kharge opined that JDS should write to the Election Commission and remove the word ‘secular’ from its party’s name.
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On September 22, Priyank Kharge, while speaking to reporters, said that the word “secular” from the JD(S) should be removed as the party has now joined hands with the BJP, which the Congress leader accused of being the ” more communal party.” ” in the history of independent India.
He further said that there is nothing “surprising” in JD(S)’s decision to join the NDA as it was “evident” that the BJP central leadership lost its complete confidence in the state leadership after the Karnataka polls.
“There is nothing surprising because if you see how the BJP was moving lethargically after losing the elections in Karnataka, it was very evident that the central leadership of the BJP had lost its complete confidence in the state leadership… It is very evident that the JDS is your Senior partner and BJP have become JDS’ “B” team. JDS should write to the Election Commission and remove the word “secular” from your party’s name. Because at one point of time, you claim to be secular , and at the same time “It’s time for you to move on and join the most communal party in the history of independent India…” Priyank said.
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He also said that the Congress will win in the state Lok Sabha seats.
“No matter how much brotherhood they show, it will not affect the fortunes of Karnataka. The Lok Sabha elections in the state will be won by the Congress Party…” the Congress leader added.
The JD(S) had aligned itself with the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, however, the parties faced a defeat as the BJP swept 25 of the 28 seats in Karnataka and even an independent candidate supported by the BJP won in Mandya constituency. .